Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr was racially abused by some Valencia fans on Sunday, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has offered him support on Instagram.
We’re in 2023 now and there is more importance on equality than ever before. However, there are still certain people in the footballing world who resort to disgusting racial abuse on a regular basis. The sad thing is most of them get away with it without any severe punishments.
Vinicius Jr was once again the victim of racist remarks from several rival fans in Spain, and this has got to stop.
Bukayo Saka sends five-word message to Vinicius Jr after vile racial abuse
The majority of the footballing world has come together to support Vinicius Jr after what happened at the Mestalla on Sunday.
Real Madrid suffered a 1-0 defeat to Valencia away from home in a game where Vinicius Jr was not just racially abused, but also sent off by the referee at the end of the game.
There has been a lot of debate on the topic since, with La Liga president Javier Tebas and Valencia as a club coming out and addressing the issue in a rather negative way.
Vinicius has rightly received a ton of support from the footballing world, with several huge names being extremely vocal against the poison that racism is in our society today.
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is no stranger to such abuse. He took to Instagram yesterday to show some love to the Real Madrid winger.
“We are with you brother,” he wrote on Instagram.
Three people detained
As reported by the BBC, three people between the age of 18 and 21 have been detained by the police in connection with the racist abuse directed at Vinicius Jr on Sunday.
It has been reported that Spanish prosecutors will now decide whether or not to pursue a criminal investigation.
The entire footballing world and the governments of respective countries need to come together to bring an end to racism. As long as there aren’t strict punishments put in place, this will not end.
It’s time for change – not just in football but also in society. Just saying ‘kick racism out’ is not enough, we really have to boot it out once and for all.